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Professional Skin Care Review: Organicspa – Part 2
Recently, I was treated to the most divine Customised Organic Facial at the newly launched Belinda Hughes Organic Skin Clinic in Melbourne’s upmarket South Yarra. If you want to learn more about Belinda Hughes and how much I enjoyed her facial, you can read my review here, which is Part 1 of this series.
During the treatment, Belinda used professional skin care brand, Organicspa. I purchased some of their products on the day and have been using them exclusively for about a month now.
The results? Well, it’s made me rethink my whole approach to skin care. So, yeah, pretty impressive…
Who is Organicspa?
Organicspa is a certified organic and vegan skincare range developed in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Byron Bay, Australia. The product formulations are highly sophisticated and designed for use by professional therapists. As a result, you can only buy them at selected spas and salons (Belinda Hughes Skin Clinic being one of them).
The range is:
- certified organic by ACO, OFC and USDA;
- certified vegan by the UK Vegan Society; and
- accredited by Choose Cruelty Free which means they are not tested on animals.
My Professional Skin Care Routine
For about a month now, this has been my morning and night routine:
- First, I have been applying the Cream Cleanser (AUD44.95) by gently rubbing it into my skin and removing it with a warm face washer or rinsing it off with warm water. This is a thick viscous cream that leaves the skin cleansed and supple to the touch.
- Second, I have been applying the Vitamin C Serum (AUD73.95) by gently tapping the product into my skin with my fingertips until it is completely absorbs. My fingers start to stick to my face as it dries, but it always leaves the skin feeling cool and soothed. It has a gel consistency. At almost AUD80 for a little bottle, yes, it’s expensive, but this stuff is the magic that delivers potent antioxidants and vitamins to the deepest layers of the skin. If you can afford it, your skin will thank you for it.
- Third, I have been applying the Eye Gel (AUD44.95) (which was a bonus product for purchasing the other three), to the eye area by gently tapping it into the skin with my finger tips until it is totally absorbed. Like the serum, the gel feels cooling and soothing to the skin. It is anti inflammatory and works wonders on puffy eyes.
- Finally, I have been ending the routine by applying Moisture Rich (AUD34.95), which is a rich, buttery moisturiser that needs to be gently worked into the skin until it is completely absorbed. On Belinda’s advice, I have been allowing my skin to rest for 10-20 minutes before applying makeup, otherwise my foundation seems to stick and not take to the skin properly. Allowing the skin to rest and the products to absorb completely seems to make all the difference at creating a perfect base to apply my makeup.
Results-Driven, Sophisticated Formulations
As much as I love the intimacy of hand crafted, artisan skin care, the quality of this professionally formulated skin care is undeniable. I’ve been really happy with the results. Organicspa products are more sophisticated than anything I’ve put on my face in a while, in fact. This is results-driven skin care, literally brimming with skin-loving vitamins, oils and actives and free from cheap fillers and toxic chemicals.
Let’s take a minute to look at the label of Organicspa’s Moisture Rich:
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (Chamomile) Flower Extract*, Glycerine*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Olivate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Squalane, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Oil*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil*, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Petitgrain) Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Aniba rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract*, Bentonite, Linalool⌃, Limonene⌃, Geraniol⌃, Benzyl Benzoate⌃
*Certified Organic, ⌃Constituents of Essential Oils, 90.90% Certified Organic / 100% Naturally Derived
Every ingredient earns it’s place here.
For example, if you were to examine the ingredients list of your average cream product, you would commonly find aqua listed first, meaning there is more water in that product than any other ingredient. While there’s nothing wrong with this, by contrast, Organicspa’s Moisture Rich has been formulated using organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice instead of aqua (by the way, so has the Cream Cleanser, Vitamin C Serum and Eye Gel).
The difference? Aqua neither harms nor benefits the skin. Whereas aloe barbadensis leaf juice is an ‘active’, meaning it delivers skin-loving beneficial properties to the skin. In particular, it supports “the natural balance of the skin through anti-inflammatory and cooling benefits”.
Is it more expensive to use organic aloe vera than water? Obviously, yes, it is. But if you’re in a position to afford premium, professional skin care like this, you’re blessed, as your skin will notice the difference.
Some Creams To Be Remembered…
I thought my love affair with skin creams was over years ago. But the Cream Cleanser and Moisture Rich products have shown me that I need to keep my mind open. My skin has lapped up the hydration from Moisture Rich and the Cream Cleanser is a delight to cleanse with. It has a thick viscosity that lifts the dirt and grime and leaves the skin clean and supple. I like it enough to cleanse in the morning as well as the night (I usually only cleanse at night).
Thanks for reading xo
You can purchase Organicspa products through Belinda Hughes Skin Clinic by receiving a treatment at the clinic or booking an online consultation.